Raising a child for the first time isn’t easy, but it is even more challenging when you’re raising that child with limited resources in one of America’s most dangerous cities. That’s where Nurse-Family Partnership comes in. It’s an organization that provides home visits from registered nurses to low-income, first-time mothers throughout their pregnancies.
“Our clients generally face generational poverty, lack of transportation, domestic abuse, lack of resources, funds to access medications and prenatal appointments,” says Beth Pletz, who works as an NFP nurse in Memphis.
The nurses tackle everything from breastfeeding to job applications, from relationship advice to potty-training— and in the process build a unique rapport with their clients that lasts until the child’s second birthday.
The NFP started as a small pilot program in upstate NY during the 70s but is now offered in 43 states, serving close to 30,000 women.